Success Tweet: Your vision should be a BHAG: a Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Make it something really worth accomplishing. Let's back up for a second and talk about the difference between your personal mission and personal vision.
Your mission is your reason for existing, your passion, why you are on this earth. As I've said, my mission is to help others achieve the life and career success they want and deserve. Your mission is your purpose in life. Once you settle on a personal mission, you should think very long and hard before you change it. Your personal vision is the direction in which you are going in the short to medium term – usually the next three to five years. Unlike your mission, your vision should change with the times. It should be consistent with your mission, but should reflect the new goals you set for yourself as you move forward in your life and achieve some measure of career success. As the tweet says, your vision should always be a BHAG – a big hairy audacious goal. You need to create a vision that will challenge you and motivate you – it should be big and hairy and audacious. What's your big hairy audacious goal for the next year? Three years? Five years? Ten years? I like the word “audacious" in the BHAG idea. According to Dictionary.com, audacious is defined as: “extremely bold and daring, brave, fearless, original, without restriction to prior ideas, highly inventive, unrestrained, uninhibited, bold in defiance of convention." Do these words inspire you or frighten you? I hope they inspire you to be bold and daring, fearless and original when it comes to creating your personal vision. Don't be constrained by convention, or restricted by prior ideas. Be highly inventive.
An Example Of One Of My Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals (BHAGs)I've shared my current vision in a previous article. It comes in a one year and a five year time frame:
- Create a profitable internet business that will allow me to share my optimistic message on career and life success and help as many people as I can.
- Make 100% of my income from the internet by 2015.